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• Wii News & Updates 2007.10.15

As some of you may already know, it's been official announced that Sonic The Hedgehog is indeed appearing in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character. A lot of news came in this previous week, lots of info including video footages, release dates from Nintendo Fall Press Conference '07.

So as usual, we'll start off the day with this week's releases on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.


Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
NES
1 player
rated E for Everyone - Mild Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_..._Sword_of_Chaos


Metal Marines
Super NES
1 player
rated E for Everyone - Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Marines


Gate Of Thunder
TurboGrafx16
1 player
rated E for Everyone - Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gate_Of_Thunder

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Nintendo of Japan held its annual Fall press conference this previous week and revealed some major details listed below:

Wii Software
* Monster Hunter 3 will be released for Wii
* Nintendo is developing Super Mario Stadium Baseball (tenative title) for Wii
* Super Smash Bros. Brawl will feature Sonic the Hedgehog as a playable character. Nintendo showed brief gameplay footage of him transforming into Super Sonic, and the game will include online functionality for both regular brawls and some form of co-operative play
* Brawl will be released in Japan on January 24, 2008; the American release date of December 3, 2007 still holds.
* Mario Kart Wii will introduce motorcycles to the gameplay and ship during Spring 2008
* Wii Fit will be released in Japan on December 1 at the retail price of 8,800 Yen

Wii Hardware
The Wii firmware has been updated to version 3.1, and updates to both the Everybody Votes Channel and the Internet Channel (details below) are available in the Wii Shop Channel.

* USB keyboard compatibility
* Links received on the Wii message board now open in Internet Channel
* Users can send links to friends
* Users can copy text from the page being viewed and paste it into a search

Download Services
* Nintendo plans to establish a Wii version of the DS Download Station (found in many retail stores) so that users can download software demos to their Nintendo DS at home
* The WiiWare service will begin during March in Japan.
* Square-Enix will be providing an exclusive Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles game for the service subtitled The Young King and the Promised Land. Players will be able to build their own country in the game
* WiiWare games will be sold at a low price, according to Nintendo. The company did not provide specific details, but previous reports noted that WiiWare software is expected to cost no more than 10 USD (1,000 Yen)
* Nintendo announced Pokemon Bokujou, or Pokemon Farm. This WiiWare title will allow players to transfer their DS Pokemon to Wii and raise them in a farm-like environment
* New editions of Star Soldier R, Mojipittan Wii (popular puzzle game from Bandai-Namco) and Doctor Mario will be released on WiiWare

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Nintendo has announced the November 2007 release of two new Wii Channels for Japan: the Mii Contest Channel and the Minna no Nintendo Channel (Everyone's Nintendo Channel).

The Mii Contest Channel will allow users to present their Miis to the world. The channel will feature a large plaza in which Miis can mingle, with users able to take the Miis of other people to their own console's plaza. A contest mode in which Miis are judged by users will also be available.

The Minna no Nintendo Channel (Everybody's Nintendo Channel) is the Wii implementation of Nintendo's DS Station retail kiosks. Users will be able to view promotional videos of upcoming titles and download DS game demos to their handheld. The channel will also include search features to assist in finding games.

America, Europe, and other regions will receive these channels at a later date.

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Numerous publishers revealed their initial WiiWare titles during and following a Nintendo conference in Japan. Worldwide President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata disclosed that over 100 WiiWare proposals have been made by various developers during the company's Fall conference. The upcoming WiiWare service will allow users to download original software titles to their Wii console. "We've already received proposals for over 100 titles from software development companies," Iwata said. "We've made a platform for developing software at low cost, and would like to offer a new business chance based around a battle of ideas." He didn't state how many of those proposals have been accepted, nor did he use the opportunity to reveal pricing details for WiiWare software. A list of confirmed titles and their respective details has been compiled below.

Pokemon Ranch: Transfer Pokemon from Diamond and Pearl to Wii and raise them in a farm-like environment with Miis. Players can take pictures and send them to friends.

Dr. Mario: Use your Miis and challenge friends via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in this WiiWare remake of Doctor Mario. The game will also include a four-player edition of Saikin Bokumetsu from the Japanese version of Brain Age 2.

Maruboushikaku: A puzzle game with a theme based around three patterns -- maru (circle), bou (line) and shikaku (square). Three windows, each focusing on one of these patterns, will be displayed simultaneously. Player actions in one window will have a bearing on the other windows. The game will support single- and three-player modes.

Minna de Puzzloop: Released in America under the name of Magnetica, this version will use the Wii Remote for direct control and feature co-operative and competitive play for up to four people.

Okiraku Ping Pong Wii: This ping pong title will offer a challenge mode, in which players can earn items by competing in five mini-games, and a four-player split-screen doubles mode. Players will be able to choose between automatic and manual movement for swings. Top spin, back spin, smashes and other shots will be possible based on how players swing the Wii Remote.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Little King and the Promised Country: This "Country Building RPG" takes place soon after the events of the original Crystal Chronicles title for GameCube. Players will assume the role of a young monarch who must use the power of crystals to restore his fallen kingdom. It is unknown how the gameplay will compare to other Crystal Chronicles games. The title is expected to be released for 1,500 Wii Points alongside the Japanese launch of the WiiWare service in March.

Star Soldier R: Few details are known except that this game is a 3D vertical shooter and will be released during Spring 2008.

Mojipittan Wii: A new entry in Bandai Namco's popular series of puzzle games.

Bomberman: The game will be a new entry in the franchise, and release during Spring 2008, but no other details are known.

Joy Sound: The WiiWare version of the Joysound karaoke machine. The service will feature periodically updated music downloads, mini-games and more, replicating a full karaoke machine at home. Publisher Hudson will release a USB microphone, although it is unknown if the game will also support generic USB microphones. Joy Sound will released during Spring 2008 in Japan.

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Wii Music will combine motions and button presses on both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to control a six-member Mii band. Forty instruments will be available in the single- and multiplayer modes. Solo players can either control four band members simultaneously or regulate the computer to the other musicians. The musical content of the game is currently unknown.

Nintendo first presented Wii Music at E3 2005, with the demo version allowing gamers to conduct a large orchestra. Although players will still be able to conduct in the game, it is unknown if the large-scale performances will remain.

Wii Music is expected to ship in Japan sometime in 2008. A release date for other territories has not been provided.
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_Music

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This will be one event not to miss! Mario vs. Sonic, the match of the ages.

If we head over to Smash Bros. DOJO, we'll find some new updates including Sonic's specials:
Side Special: Spin Dash


Down Special: Spin Charge


Up Special: Spring Jump



Brawl now has a feature that lets you capture screenshots of the game while in pause. The photos are kept in an album. You either save to your Wii internal memory or an SD card. You may also send them to your Brawl buddies.
There is a blurred out icon that may or may not be implemented, but it's under development.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been delayed until February 10th of 2008 for America.
www.smashbros.com

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.10.15

The following is the confirmed release dates of upcoming games for Wii:

Wii
Oct. 1: MLB® Power Pros from 2K Sports
Oct. 1: Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire™ from D3Publisher of America®
Oct. 2: Crash® of the Titans from Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
Oct. 5: Balls of Fury™ from DSI Games
Oct. 8: Donkey Kong®: Barrel Blast from Nintendo
Oct. 9: FIFA 08 from Electronic Arts
Oct. 9: Bleach: Shattered Blade™ from SEGA
Oct. 9: LOONEY TUNES: ACME ARSENAL™ from WB Games
Oct. 10: Arctic Tale from DSI Games
Oct. 15: Sea Monsters from DSI Games
Oct. 16: Thrillville®: Off the Rails™ from LucasArts
Oct. 22: EA PLAYGROUND from Electronic Arts
Oct. 23: Backyard Football from Atari, Inc.
Oct. 23: The Sims 2™ Castaway from Electronic Arts
Oct. 23: Rockstar Games Presents™ Table Tennis from Rockstar Games
Oct. 23: The Legend of Spyro™: The Eternal Night from Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
Oct. 23: NARUTO™: Clash of Ninja™ Revolution from TOMY Corporation
Oct. 25: M&M’S® Kart Racing from DSI Games
Oct. 28: Guitar Hero III™: Legends of Rock
from Activision
Oct. 29: Battalion Wars™ 2 from Nintendo
Oct. 30: Ben 10™: Protector of Earth from D3Publisher of America®
Oct. 30: Showtime® Championship Boxing™ from DSI Games
Oct. 30: NEED FOR SPEED PROSTREET from Electronic Arts
Oct. 30: THE SIMPSONS from Electronic Arts
Oct. 31: Manhunt 2™ from Rockstar Games
October: Spider-Man™: Friend or Foe from Activision
October: Bee Movie™ Game from Activision
October: Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground from Activision
October: Ultimate Duck Hunting™ from Detn8 Games Ltd.
October: Mercury Meltdown Revolution from Ignition Entertainment
October: Namco Museum™ Remix from NAMCO BANDAI Games America
October: Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity from The Game Factory
October: Avatar: The Last Airbender™ - The Burning Earth from THQ
October: Bratz: The Movie™ from THQ
October: Cars: Mater-National from THQ
October: Nicktoons™: Attack of the Toybots from THQ
October: SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis™ from THQ
Nov. 5: Fire Emblem®: Radiant Dawn from Nintendo
Nov. 6: DanceDanceRevolution Hottest Party from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Nov. 6: LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga from LucasArts
Nov. 6: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games™ from SEGA
Nov. 12: Super Mario Galaxy™ from Nintendo
Nov. 13: Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 from Atari, Inc.
Nov. 13: Godzilla Unleashed from Atari, Inc.
Nov. 13: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary from Eidos, Inc.
Nov. 13: BLOCKS from Electronic Arts
Nov. 13: MEDAL OF HONOR HEROES™ 2 from Electronic Arts
Nov. 13: LUXOR: Pharaoh’s Challenge from MumboJumbo
Nov. 13: Geometry Wars™: Galaxies from Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
Nov. 19: Link’s Crossbow Training™ (packaged with Wii Zapper™) from Nintendo
Nov. 19: SMARTY PANTS™ from Electronic Arts
Nov. 20: Jenga World Tour from Atari, Inc.
Nov. 20: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords™ from D3Publisher of America®
November: Trauma Center™: New Blood from Atlus USA
November: Star Trek: Conquest from Bethesda Softworks
November: Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey from Disney Interactive Studios
November: Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour from Disney Interactive Studios
November: High School Musical: Sing It from Disney Interactive Studios
November: Garfield Gets Real from DSI Games
November: Furu Furu Park from Majesco Entertainment
November: AMF Bowling: Pinbusters! from Mud Duck Games
November: Ghost Squad™ from SEGA
November: WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2008 from THQ
November: Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 from Ubisoft
November: CSI: Hard Evidence from Ubisoft
November: My Word Coach from Ubisoft
November: Petz: Catz 2 (name not final) from Ubisoft
November: Petz: Dogz 2 (name not final) from Ubisoft
November: Petz: Horsez 2 (name not final) from Ubisoft
November: Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 from Ubisoft
Dec. 4 : Alvin and the Chipmunks from Brash Entertainment
Dec. 4 : The Golden Compass™ from SEGA December: MX vs. ATV™ Untamed™ from THQ
December: Super Swing Golf™ Season 2 from Tecmo, Inc.
December: Rygar®: The Battle of Argus from Tecmo, Inc.
December: Cranium: Kabookii from Ubisoft
December: Nitrobike from Ubisoft
Holiday 2007: NiGHTS™: Journey of Dreams from SEGA
Winter ‘07: SoulCalibur Legends™ from NAMCO BANDAI Games America
Jan. 21: Endless Ocean™ from Nintendo
Feb. 10 : Super Smash Bros.® Brawl from Nintendo
Feb. 15: Yamaha Supercross from DSI Games
Feb. 19: Sonic™ Riders: Zero Gravity from SEGA
February: No More Heroes from Ubisoft
February: Wild Petz Tigerz from Ubisoft
March: Obscure: The Aftermath from Ignition Entertainment
Q1: LUXOR 3 from MumboJumbo
Q1: One Piece™: Unlimited Adventure™ from NAMCO BANDAI Games America
Spring ‘08: Mario Kart® Wii (name not final) from Nintendo

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.10.15

Nintendo DS
Oct. l: The Legend of Zelda®: Phantom Hourglass from Nintendo
Oct. 2: Chibi-Robo™: Park Patrol from Nintendo
Oct. 2: Backyard Hockey 2008 from Atari, Inc.
Oct. 2: Holly Hobbie™ & Friends from Majesco Entertainment
Oct. 2: Crash® of the Titans from Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
Oct. 2: The Legend of Spyro™: The Eternal Night from Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
Oct. 9: FIFA 08 from Electronic Arts
Oct. 9: Flipper Critters from Ignition Entertainment
Oct. 9: Bleach: the Blade of Fate™ from SEGA
Oct. 9: LOONEY TUNES: DUCK AMUCK™ from WB Games
Oct. 15: Flash Focus™: Vision Training in Minutes a Day from Nintendo
Oct. 15: The Aly & AJ Adventure from DSI Games
Oct. 16: Cheetah Girls: Pop Star Sensations
from Disney Interactive Studios
Oct. 16: Thrillville®: Off the Rails™ from LucasArts
Oct. 16: Fish Tycoon® from Majesco Entertainment
Oct. 16: Super Collapse! 3 from MumboJumbo
Oct. 17: Prism™ from Secret Stash Games™
Oct. 19: Betty Boop's™ "Double Shift" from DSI Games
Oct. 22: EA PLAYGROUND from Electronic Arts
Oct. 23: THE SIMS 2 CASTAWAY from Electronic Arts
Oct. 23: Rhythm ‘n Notes: Improve Your Music Skill from AGETEC
Oct. 23: Backyard Football 2008 from Atari, Inc.
Oct. 23: Napoleon Dynamite from Crave Entertainment
Oct. 23: Ed, Edd n Eddy™: Scam of the Century from D3Publisher of America®
Oct. 23: Hannah Montana: Music Jam from Disney Interactive Studios
Oct. 23: Disney Princess: Magical Jewels from Disney Interactive Studios
Oct. 23: Power Rangers: Super Legends from Disney Interactive Studios
Oct. 23: Zoo Hospital™ from Majesco Entertainment
Oct. 23: FRONT MISSION® from Square Enix, Inc.
Oct. 23: NARUTO™: Path of the Ninja™ from TOMY Corporation
Oct. 25: Sea Monsters from DSI Games
Oct. 25: Arctic Tale from DSI Games
Oct. 30: Ben 10™: Protector of Earth from D3Publisher of America®
Oct. 30: Suite Life: Circle of Spies from Disney Interactive Studios
Oct. 30: Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch™ Stole Christmas from DSI Games
Oct. 30: NEED FOR SPEED PROSTREET from Electronic Arts
Oct. 30: THE SIMPSONS from Electronic Arts
Oct. 30: Puzzle de Harvest Moon from Natsume Inc.
Oct. 31: Dementium: The Ward from Gamecock Media Group
Oct. 31: Solitaire Overload™ from Telegames, Inc.
October: Spider-Man™: Friend or Foe from Activision
October: Bee Movie™ Game from Activision
October: Shrek®: Ogres and Dronkeys™ from Activision
October: Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground from Activision
October: Touch Detective 2½™ from Atlus USA
October: Animal Genius™ from Scholastic
October: Build-A-Bear Workshop from The Game Factory
October: Avatar: The Last Airbender™ - The Burning Earth from THQ
October: Cars: Mater-National from THQ
October: El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera™ from THQ
October: Nicktoons™: Attack of the Toybots from THQ
October: Ratatouille® Food Frenzy from THQ
October: SpongeBob’s Atlantis SquarePantis™ from THQ
October: Chessmaster: The Art of Learning from Ubisoft
October: Imagine: Babyz from Ubisoft
October: Imagine: Fashion Designer from Ubisoft
October: Imagine: Master Chef from Ubisoft
October: Imagine: Animal Doctor from Ubisoft
October: Wild Petz Dolphinz from Ubisoft
Nov. 6: Dora the Explorer™: Dora Saves the Mermaids from 2K Play
Nov. 6: Go Diego Go™: Safari Adventure from 2K Play
Nov. 6: Baby Pals from Crave Entertainment
Nov. 6: Horse Life™ from D3Publisher of America®
Nov. 6: LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga from LucasArts
Nov. 6: Chicken Hunter from MumboJumbo
Nov. 6: DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS™: Joker from Square Enix, Inc.
Nov. 10: Showtime® Championship Boxing™ from DSI Games
Nov. 13: Enchanted from Disney Interactive Studios
Nov. 13: BOOGIE from Electronic Arts
Nov. 13: ORCS & ELVES from Electronic Arts
Nov. 13: Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends from Majesco Entertainment
Nov. 13: Geometry Wars™: Galaxies from Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
Nov. 19: Mario Party® DS from Nintendo
Nov. 20: Godzilla Unleashed Double Smash from Atari, Inc.
Nov. 20: Jenga World Tour from Atari, Inc.
Nov. 20: LUXOR: Pharaoh’s Challenge from MumboJumbo
Nov. 20: FINAL FANTASY® XII: REVENANT WINGS™ from Square Enix, Inc.
Nov. 26: Master of Illusion™ from Nintendo
November: Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare™ from Activision
November: Ontamarama™ from Atlus USA
November: Draglade™ from Atlus USA
November: Elf Bowling™ Collector’s Edition from Detn8 Games Ltd.
November: Garfield Gets Real from DSI Games
November: Clue™/Mouse Trap™/Perfection™/Aggravation™ from DSI Games
November: Contra 4 from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
November: Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008
from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
November: Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake from The Game Factory
November: Bratz Super Babyz™ from THQ
November: Bratz: 4 Real™ from THQ
November: Warhammer® 40,000™: Squad Command™ from THQ
November: WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2008 from THQ
November: Ninja Gaiden® Dragon Sword from Tecmo, Inc.
November: My French Coach from Ubisoft
November: My Spanish Coach from Ubisoft
November: My Word Coach from Ubisoft
November: Petz: Catz 2 (working title) from Ubisoft
November: Petz: Dogz 2 (working title) from Ubisoft
November: Petz: Hamsterz Life 2 from Ubisoft
November: Petz: Horsez 2 from Ubisoft
November: Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 from Ubisoft
Dec. 4 : Alvin and the Chipmunks from Brash Entertainment
Dec. 4 : The Golden Compass™ from SEGA
Dec. 10: RIP: Death Volunteers™ from Telegames, Inc.
December: Diary Girl from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Jan. 15: Barnyard Blast from DSI Games
Jan. 21: Advance Wars®: Days of Ruin from Nintendo
Jan. 25: M&M’S® Kart Racing from DSI Games
Jan. 31: Command & Destroy from DSI Games
January: Miami Nights from Ubisoft
Feb. 4: Professor Layton and the Curious Village™ from Nintendo
Feb. 12: New Zealand Story Revolution from Ignition Entertainment
Feb. 15: Yamaha Supercross from DSI Games
Feb. 19: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer from SEGA
Feb. 26: Bubble Bobble Double Shot from Ignition Entertainment
February: Imagine: Figure Skater from Ubisoft
February: Wild Petz Tigerz from Ubisoft
February: Assassin’s Creed from Ubisoft
March 4: Disney Friends from Disney Interactive Studios
March 29: Ultimate Card Games from Telegames, Inc.
March: Insecticide from Gamecock Media Group
March: My Life Coach from Ubisoft
Q1: Eco Creatures: Save the Forest from Majesco Entertainment
Q1: Polar Bowling from MumboJumbo
Q1: Slingo Quest from MumboJumbo
Q1: Tropix from MumboJumbo
Q1: Polar Golf from MumboJumbo
Q1: River King: Mystic Valley from Natsume Inc.
Q1: Harvest Moon DS Cute from Natsume Inc.
Q1: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games™ from SEGA


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• Wii News & Updates 2007.10.16



Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 15, 2007 - The new Flash Focus™: Vision Training in Minutes a Day is like nothing you've ever seen before. Just as Nintendo's brain-training games gave your gray matter a workout, Flash Focus aims to train users' eyes in areas like hand-eye coordination, peripheral vision and visual acuity. It launches today, exclusively for Nintendo DS™.

It might sound like a strange concept, but top athletes have long used high-tech computerized visual training programs to give them an edge on the baseball diamond, basketball court and football field. Now Nintendo makes this remarkable technology available to anyone who wants to have fun while tracking improvements in the various visual exercises. It's a great tool for moms who like to keep a "peripheral vision" watch on their kids or for people who want an edge spotting holiday sales.

"Flash Focus represents another one of our software titles that delivers fun with a purpose," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Flash Focus should be in the training arsenal of every coach in the country, but it's also ideal for casual game players of any age who want to keep their vision sharp."

The first time users pop in Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day, they take a series of tests to determine their DS Eye Age. As users spend a few minutes each day with the activities, they get better and better at the exercises and their Eye Age lowers to demonstrate their improved focus abilities.

Some of the many fun activities in Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day include:

* A variation of the hidden ball "hat dance" seen at baseball parks: A circle is placed in one of three boxes, and the user must follow the location of the circle as the boxes shuffle rapidly on the screen.

* Watching two symbols flash on the screen, then tapping the touch screen to indicate whether they matched.

* Memorizing a target letter and counting how many times it appears in a fast-moving stream of letters on the screen.

Release Dates
Japan: Out now!
America: Out now!
Europe: November 23, 2007

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yehbpYOZck
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_Focus


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• Wii News & Updates 2007.10.22

Today's releases of classic games on the Wii Shop Channel's Virtual Console:


Lunar Pool
NES
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Pool


Ninja JaJaMaru-kun
NES
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
600 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_Jajamaru-kun


Golden Axe III
Sega Genesis
1-2 players
Rated E10+ for Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Axe_III

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Developer Nnooo has announced a game for the upcoming WiiWare service called Pop.
It's a game where players will burst bubbles that flood the screen, and use power-ups to burst bubble chains a boost their score; Up to 4 players.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=febYIBMe7dQ
Official Website: www.pop-game.net

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Publisher SEGA announced the development of SEGA Superstar Tennis for Wii (along with other major systems).
It'll will feature 15 playable characters, including Sonic The Hedgehog, AiAi from Super Monkey Ball, Ulala of Space Channel 5 and Amigo from Samba De Amigo. Details on gameplay modes and online component will revealed later on. Slated for early 2008.
Screens @ Kotaku

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With Guilty Gear XX Accent Core already released in the United States last week, Europe won't be seeing this game until February 2008 according to a press release from publisher 505 Games.

Accent Core is the third installment of the Guilty Gear XX series of fighting games that debuted in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and arcades. Two characters, A.B.A and Order Sol, have been added to the roster of over 20 fighters. Accent Core will mark the first time that either A.B.A. or Order Sol have been playable outside of Japan. Accent Core is played using both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk. Players will move their characters using the Nunchuk, while both simple and special attacks have been mapped to buttons on the Wii Remote. Some special attacks will be performed using a combination of button input and a gesture with the Nunchuk or Wii Remote.

YouTube Video Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E70YH5EcHuw
Official Website: http://www.aksysgames.com/ggxxac/

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Publisher Capcom announced the Wii port of PlayStation 2 title Okami.

"Players will now be able to directly manipulate the in-game Celestial Brush by literally drawing on the game world itself, thereby altering the physical properties - whether by creating pathways, chopping down trees, or turning night into day," said Michael Pattison, senior director of marketing for Capcom Europe. "The world, in essence, becomes a virtual canvas for Wii owners."

It will be developed by Ready at Dawn Studios who are also known for Daxter [PSP] and is currently at work on God of War: Chains of Olympus [PSP].

"In accordance with our tradition of only working on games we'd like to play, we're proud to announce that we are taking after Clover Studio to bring this incredible game to the platform it was always meant to be on in the first place," said Ready at Dawn.

Okami earned much critical acclaim upon release last year, but did not find the same retail success. No word on whether Capcom will include new content at a lower price point (like Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition).
The game is expected to be released during Spring 2008.

Ready At Dawn's Official Website

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To refresh your memory, Ultimate Mortal Kombat [for Nintendo DS] will have online play and classic Puzzle Kombat similar to Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. The following is a trailer of Puzzle Kombat.
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEiMMgIZKr0

Scheduled for the same release date as Super Mario Galaxy [Wii], November 12th, 2007.

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Dementium: The Ward, an M-rated FPS survival horror game for Nintendo DS, is arriving this following week on Halloween. New screens added:


More @ IGN
The latest trailer can be viewed on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n0kkJo_zlE
Gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-CQn63K-Wg

Official Website: www.dementium.com

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Also, Front Mission, has been confirmed for Nintendo DS. This DS version will be a remake of the PS1 classic and is also the first time the game is arriving to America.



Source

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Trailer for Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney [DS]
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi_CcuHwHZQ
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Justice
Official Website: http://www3.capcom.co.jp/saiban4/

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Trailer for Mario Party DS
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDYwDJELHAk
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_party_ds

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new screenshots for Super Dodge Ball (Super Dodgeball Brawlers) [DS]:
http://www.1up.com/do/media?cId=3161686

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Quick footage on Kingdom Heart 358/2 Days [DS]:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b16BZaCA6o

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Can't forget the E For All 2007 event, which featured first hands-on impressions on many upcoming Wii titles such as
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed
Link's Crossbow Training
Civilization Revolution
Smarty Pants
de Blob
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2
Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
Ghost Squad
Battalion Wars II
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Raving Rabbids 2
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
Nicktoons Attack of the Toybots
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008
Guitar Hero III
Super Mario Galaxy


Here's a whole list of footages on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/results?sear...p;search=Search

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.10.22

Wii kiosks will now be getting tethered controllers. With the Wiimote and Nunchuk attached to the kiosk, you won't need to be asked for ID to be play to play. GameStop/EB, GameCrazy, and any other game retailer with a Wii floor unit should be getting in Super Mario Galaxy to demo. It will be the full version of the game but you have a 10-minute session.

Here's a list for the next batch of DS demos/videos that you will be able to grab from DS Download Stations. This is a pretty big update.

Brain Age 2 Demo
2 Phantom Hourglass videos
Ninja Gaiden DS demo
Contra IV demo
MySims demo
Cooking Mama 2 demo

Picross demo
Planet Puzzle League demo
High School Musical demo
My Word Coach demo
Worms: Open Warfare 2 demo
Jam Sessions demo
Spider-man: Friend or Foe demo

Pokemon Battle Revolution video
Bee Movie video
Transformers video

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Smash Bros. DOJO!! released a few interesting updates including:
Stadium: Home-Run Contest, a competition to see who can hit Sandbag the farthest in just ten seconds (supports 2P on online)


Controls on Wii Remote (single, sideways)

Reminder that you can use 4 styles of controllers in Brawl.

Meowth (from Pokemon) is back in Brawl from the first Super Smash Bros. [N64] after a absence in Melee.


Also making a surprising appearance is Little Mac [from Puch-Out!! (NES)]. He will fill as an assist trophy.

It's great to see 8-bit NES characters returning in 3D form (incl. Pit from Kid Icarus).

Peach's Final Smash: Peach Blossom sends players asleep while she dances and peaches fall down.


Finally today's update was a new stage: PictoChat which is a fun little sketch-and-chat software with wireless functionality that's built into the Nintendo DS.


The doodles that appear will disappear after a while, and then something else will get drawn.
Oh, and on this stage, you’ll also be able to enjoy Mii Channel music and Wii Shop Channel music, too.

www.smashbros.com


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See you all next week! \:D/


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• Wii News & Updates 2007.10.29

So on to today's Virtual Console releases;


Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
NES
1 player
Rated E for Everyone - Mild Fantasy Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle...Simon%27s_Quest


Samurai-Ghost
TurboGrafx16
1 player
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Animated Blood and Violence
600 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_Ghost


Magician Lord
NEOGEO
1-2 players
Rated T for Teen - Blood and Fantasy Violence
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magician_Lord

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Confirmed via the new issue 222 of Nintendo Power [Dec. 07], SEGA announced the development of Samba de Amigo exclusively for Wii which will follow in the footsteps of the original version back on the Sega Dreamcast. The game "helped to create the now-popular rhythm music genre," according to SEGA, spawning the likes of Guitar Hero, DrumMania, Rock Band, etc. Players will assume the role of the sombrero-wearing monkey Amigo and play along to a soundtrack comprised of popular songs and "fan-favorites from the original."

Players will shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk like maracas in time with the on-screen beats of the music. Like the original, Samba de Amigo on Wii will emphasize vibrant stages, colorful characters and party play. The full song list and special features will be unveiled in the coming months.

"The Wii's controllers enable players to enjoy Samba De Amigo's unique gameplay without having to purchase an expensive peripheral," said Rick Naylor, Director of Marketing at SEGA. "Between the music, the quirky art style, and the maraca-shaking players, Samba De Amigo is as much fun to watch as it is to play."

The game will be developed by Gearbox Software and is planned a release for Spring 2008 in North America and Europe.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samba_de_amigo

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The official NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams site has launched, with a couple of interesting tidbits. The first is that, as with Brawl, players will have four options for control: Wiimote, Wiimote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller, and Gamecube Controller. They also detail that the WFC functionality will involve being able to check out other players' "My Dream" setups, as well as two player-races. NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams hits stateside December 18th, 2007.

Official Website: http://www.sega.com/gamesite/nights/

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Last Tuesday, Atlus presented a new game trailer and various tutorials as part of Trauma Center: New Blood's Tuesday update incl. more insight into the surgeries, characters, destinations, and two-player Co-Op mode. The tutorials give further details on how tools like the laser, forceps, and ultrasound will work.

Official website: http://www.atlus.com/tcnb/

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Netherlands-based developer Engine Software announced its status as an official Wii developer.

No Wii projects are currently in the works, but the Engine Software intends to explore the possibilities for retail and WiiWare games. The company will also attempt to recreate its key technology on Wii, including the licensable Music & Sound Replayer already available for Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS.

Engine Software, established in 1995, is the Netherlands' longest-running game developer. The studio has worked on Nintendo platforms since the Super NES and been involved with over 60 published titles.

www.engine-software.com

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Nintendo Worldwide President Satoru Iwata announced that the Wii would be sold in China starting next year. He also reaffirmed an earlier statement made by Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communication George Harrison that a price cut on the console will not occur in the foreseeable future.

"We're still focusing on how to meet booming demand," Iwata said. "We're absolutely not considering a price cut." Nintendo is currently producing about 1.8 million Wii consoles per month, but Iwata noted the inevitability of a supply crunch during the holiday season.

Nintendo has shipped 13.2 million Wii units worldwide since the console's launch late last year. Retailer estimates pin the amount sold to be over 10 million units.

"We barely have enough [Wii consoles] to meet global demand this year. But next year, we can bring the Wii to China," Iwata continued, also mentioning that Nintendo needs to work with Chinese game developers to create games suitable for that market.

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Satoru Iwata has also unveiled plans to introduce new functionality to Japanese Wii owners next spring, TV Guide Channel. Although Nintendo did not provide official titles for said functionality, users will gain access to a television schedule channel and have the ability to send downloaded games to friends for free.

The television schedule channel will act as an interactive guide that helps people plan out their TV watching. No word on the channel costing any Wii Points.

Wii owners will be able to send downloaded games to their registered friends as free gifts. When the recipient accepts, the Wii Shop Channel will automatically launch and begin the download. "We think this will be a breakthrough in encouraging customers to spread news of fun games word of mouth," Iwata said. "We also hope to spur more users to connect their [Wii consoles] to the Internet."

Iwata did not state if these new functions will become available outside of Japan.

Source (Google translated)

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Speaking of TVs, if anyone remembers there will be a Digital TV Tuner for the DS.
Set for Japanese release on 11/20 at a price of 6,800 yen, the tuner will be formally known as "1seg Receiver Adapter DS Television." It attaches to the DS software slot, and has rotatable antenna unit sticking out from the top. It will be compatible with both the standard DS and DS Lite.



Video footage is displayed in a 256 x 192 format, a bit lower than the 320 x 240 format of the 1seg spec.

Source: IGN
Official website: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/unsj/index.html
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninten...igital_TV_Tuner

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The official Mushroom Men website has been opened from Gamecock Media. The game is in development for the Wii for a 2008 release. More info regarding the game as well as the game's trailer can be found on its website.

Official website: http://www.gamecockmedia.com/mushroommen/

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MegaMan Star Force 2 [DS] gameplay footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXxHo1o3XI

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword [DS] gameplay footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwKBJ7KzChQ

BWii (Battalian Wars II) [Wii] gameplay footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOEUt4PUTMY

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BRB, I gotta go pick up a couple of games that's out today (BWii and Manhunt 2). I'll add more when I get back..

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A Japanese source has confirmed to Edge magazine that the upcoming Wii iteration of Animal Crossing is set to be a social networking MMO.

Also, Nintendo is planning on releasing an official DS Flash Card which will allow users to initially play Game Boy and Game Boy Color games (via Slot-2 on the Nintendo DS) and maybe even more later on; in hopes to gain control of homebrew and piracy. Read more @

Source

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Smash Bros. Brawl DOJO!! updates:
Target Practice has been in every Smash Bros. game and it'll still be here in Brawl.

Now it will support video replay (up to 3min), and we'll be able to send these replay videos to your Smash Friends and have them rate it.

Out of the blue, King Dedede has now joined Smash Bros. He's the boss in Kirby games, King of Dream Land. His special moves include:
Up Special Move: Super Dedede Jump


Side Special Move: Waddle Dee Toss


Down Special Move: Jet Hammer


Today's megaton update is Stage Builder!
Now players can create their own custom stages for their own delight.


We will also be able to "Send" these stages to Smash Friends.


In addition, the "Submit" feature is used to send these custom stages to Nintendo where it will be available for download by everyone to try out. These stages will disappear after a day, so it's a once-in-a-lifetime play if you download them. Every Day will see new custom stages available for download. The Submit feature will also work for Snapshots Mode as well.

www.smashbros.com

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The wii really expanded the video game market to the mainstream more than any other system beforehand. It has more hype than the N64 back in its day.

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.11.05

Today's surprising new releases on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console include the following.


Super Mario Bros. 3
NES
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Bros_3


Alien Soldier
Sega Genesis
1 player
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Fantasy Violence
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Soldier


Power Golf
TurboGrafx16
1-3 players
Rated E for Everyone
600 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Golf


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In case you guys missed, BWii (Battalion Wars 2) for Wii is out now, along with Manhunt 2, Guitar Hero III, Naruto, Zack & Wiki, and The Simpsons Game, Dementium: The Ward [DS].

Lots of hot stuff coming out this week. Here's a list of releases for this week:

DS
Bratz 4 Real
Build-A-Bear
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
Enchanted
Horse Life
Hot Wheels: Beat That
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit
My French Coach
My Spanish Coach
My Word Coach
Ontamarama
Panzer Tactics DS
Puzzle de Harvest Moon
World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets
Indy 500
Left Brain Right Brain
My Pet Dolphin
Showtime Championship Boxing

GBA
The Bee Game

Wii
Bee Movie Game
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Game Party
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2008
Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

My Word Coach
Octomania

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Nintendo WFC Online Activity, week ending Nov. 4th

1. [NDS] Pokémon Diamond & Pearl - 1,455,526 connections
2. [WII] Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - 622,580 connections
3. [NDS] Animal Crossing: Wild World - 268,796 connections
4. [NDS] Mario Kart DS - 242,202 connections
5. [WII] Mario Strikers Charged - 155,239 connections
6. [NDS] Metroid Prime Hunters - 154,945 connections
7. [NDS] The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass - 126,388 connections
8. [WII] Pokémon Battle Revolution - 88,287 connections
9. [NDS] Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon Toki/Yami no Tankentai - 86,818 connections
10. [NDS] Jump! Ultimate Stars - 86,588 connections

Whoa! GH3 shot right up to 2nd. BWii should be climbing up there soon.

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1UP.com will be having weekly features on NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams for the Wii. Their article today covers a number of things. You can find out about multiplayer modes (online and local), and 50 new screens, as well as that new feature that allows you to travel to friends' gardens through the WFC. Make sure to read the full feature for 50 new screens, a ton more info. Pretty hype sequel of this Sega Saturn classic that's releasing in December.

1UP: http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?cId=3164128

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Ah, I'm kinda in a rush today and I wanna get down to some gaming right now so I'll just do some hotlinking headlines. EXPRESS~!

Iwata: Wii 2 coming sooner than you think?

Toys R Us to offer $25 gift card with Super Mario Galaxy

Nintendo Offers Helping Hand To Third-Party Devs

Top 10 Virtual Console downloads

Nights: Journey of Dreams on Wii to use Weather Channel

Nintendo Power Magazine Commercial

Nintendo releases Super Mario Galaxy commercial for U.S.

Get Wii component cables (enhanced definition) for $8

CliffyB Says Go Buy Zack & Wiki

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Updates @ the Smash Bros. DOJO!! include the following.

The Summit aka Icicle Mountain (from Ice Climbers)


MetaKnight's Final Smash Move: Galaxia Darkness


www.smashbros.com


Catch up on all the previous News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/


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• Wii News & Updates 2007.11.12

^ Yeah, that little Live Weather Changing feature have been done before on such games as Madden '08.

Today's new release of classic on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console:


Volleyball
NES
1-2 players
rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volley...28video_game%29


AXELAY
Super NES
1 player
rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axelay


BLUE'S JOURNEY
NEOGEO
1-2 players
rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue%27s_Journey

It's been announced that there will be a total of 200 titles on Virtual Console by the end of 2007. So far there are about 169 titles available, and is still growing by the week.

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As some of you may know today is the wonderful release day for Super Mario Galaxy! (In America, of course). It's due for the 16th in Europe and the 29th in Australia. According to various reviews Super Mario Galaxy received an average score of 97%. I should also mention that Toys 'R' Us are offering a 25$ gift card to those who purchase the game. That's half the retail price! Well-worth the buy. \:D/



YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2BQeRLbC8g
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Galaxy

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I've compiled a videogame wishlist at Amazon.com; and here's a portion of the list that will be out this week:
11/12 - Super Mario Galaxy [Wii] 49.99
11/12 - Ultimate Mortal Kombat [NDS] 29.99
11/12 - Cruis'n [Wii] 29.95
11/13 - Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 [Wii] 49.99
11/13 - Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles [Wii] 49.99
11/13 - Need for Speed: ProStreet [Wii] 49.99
11/13 - Contra 4 [NDS] 29.99

The good games are rolling once again as it gets closer to the Holidays. My wallet will sure be getting a beating.

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Yesterday, the Check Mii Out Channel, a new Wii channel that allows users to post their Mii online so others can view them, went live. It's available to download for free now from the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop.

The Check Mii Out Channel features an online hub called the Posting Plaza. Users can submit their Mii to the Posting Plaza, and then browse or search for other Miis by region or worldwide. Users can also import them from the Posting Plaza onto their own Wii consoles.

There's a contest section of that lets you submit a Mii that represent a specific person, character or theme. Each contest will last two weeks: one for creating and submitting Miis, and the second week for people to vote on the results.

The current theme for the contest right now is Mario without a cap. You have 6 days left to submit.

*Miis are three-dimensional characters that can be created on the Mii Channel of every Wii console. Miis are tied to player profiles in some games for keeping track of stats, progress, and high scores. Miis can also be used as playable characters in some games including Wii Sports, Wii Play, and MLB Power Pros.

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Lucky for Europeans, they've got Endless Ocean out before Americans. Two new videos arose on YouTube depicting online co-op and gameplay, as well as music listening via SD card.

YouTube; online co-op/gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLkB2tOvqnY
YouTube; listening to music from SD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Um0uzrN_9c

sWiit relaxing game for those who love scuba diving or deep sea wild life. Out now in Europe and Japan (titled "Forever Blue"). We won't get ours until January 28th of 2008.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endless_Ocean

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Last Tuesday, the official Trauma Center: New Blood website had updated with a new video showcasing an full operation performed in 2-player co-op mode.

Official website: http://www.atlus.com/tcnb

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New details on NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams include A-LIFE, My Dream, and online features.

The A-LIFE, introduced in the first NIGHTS game for SEGA Saturn, are dream creatures that players can raise. Players will be able to capture the A-LIFE during the single-player story and then raise them in the sandbox environment of My Dream. The A-LIFE will multiply, learn and evolve as players interact with them and leave objects in their world.

My Dream will also utilize the Wii Forecast Channel. If thunderstorms are brewing in a player's local area, then thunderstorms will also occur while playing My Dream.

2-Player mode will let you play with a friend offline as well as online in a particular region to race or battle each other over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. No word if you could only battle registered friends or random people.

The game is expected to be released in Japan on Dec. 13 and in North America on Dec. 18, then a European release sometime in January 2008.

Official website: http://www.sega.com/gamesite/nights/
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nights_journey_of_dreams

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Updates from the Smash Bros. DOJO!! include the following.

Ike's Final Smash: Great Aether


The Gray Fox (Frank Gaeger from Metal Gear Solid) joins Brawl as an Assist Trophy.


Lucas' Special moves include..
Side Special Move: PK Fire


Standard Special Move: PK Freeze


Up Special Move: PK Thunder


Down Special Move: PSI Magnet


www.smashbros.com

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I must now go pick up my copy of Galaxy in stores now!
See you all next week! \:D/

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.11.19

First off, let us celebrate Wii's first birthday!



A year ago today, the Nintendo Wii was unleashed to fans across the United States. What started as an uphill battle has turned into a landslide victory. The Wii has sold over 13.8 million units to date, making it the fastest selling console in history, and shows no signs of slowing.

I remember when I was waiting in line for one during initial launch. At 6:15 AM in the morning I call up my best bud, and we went off to BestBuy. We could see there was already a line. I even remember my number in line: 74! I was told there were 100 Wiis in stock so my chances were good of course. Pop out my DS Lite to keep busy. Friend buys me breakfast from McDonald's. Store opens at 8 AM and it's go time. Anticipation as we proceed closer to our goal in an orderly fashion. Look at all the available accessories, grabbed me a Zelda game, RedSteel and onto the checkout where they handed me a blue and white #74 Wii box. Yes, yes, swipes card, sign, held up my bag with pride, out the door and raced down the sidewalk to the lot. I could tell the guy I ran pass by was laughing, but hey! I don't wanna get shot or knifed, haha. Took me 5 hours until I finally got to play, mostly just troubleshooting the wireless internet. But once I got that over with, it was bliss from then on. Popped in Wii Sports and it was FRESH~! The sounds and design interface was superb quality. Too bad, I don't have pictures of that first day. Maybe I'll reenact it when I buy a second one some day.

Ok, now on to today's new releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.


Wrecking Crew
NES
1-2 players
rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrecki...28video_game%29


Sonic 3D Blast
Sega Genesis
1 player
rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_3d_blast


Super Air Zonk
TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
1 player
rated E for Everyone – Mild Cartoon Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Air_Zonk

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List of last weeks Wii releases:
11/12 - Super Mario Galaxy
11/12 - Cruis'n
11/13 - Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2008
11/13 - Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary
11/13 - Medal of Honor Heroes 2
11/13 - Need for Speed ProStreet
11/13 - Petz: Catz 2
11/13 - Petz: Dogz 2
11/13 - Petz: Horsez 2
11/13 - Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
11/13 - Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
11/13 - Smarty Pants
11/13 - WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008

This week's Wii releases:
11/19 - Wii Zapper w/ Link's Crossbow Training 19.99~24.99
11/19 - Cars: Mater-National 24.99
11/20 - Ghost Squad 29.99
11/20 - Soul Calibur: Legends 49.99
11/20 - Star Trek: Conquest 29.99
11/20 - Trauma Center: New Blood 49.99
11/20 - History Channel: Battle For the Pacific 39.99
11/20 - Monster Jam 49.99
11/20 - Geometry Wars: Galaxies 39.99
11/20 - Off Road Extreme Special Edition 29.99
11/20 - Mini Desktop Racing 29.99
11/20 - AMF Bowling Pinbusters 19.99

Last week's notable Nintendo DS releases:
11/13 - Contra 4 29.99
11/13 - Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends 29.99
11/13 - Need for Speed: ProStreet 29.99
11/13 - Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 29.99
11/13 - Spectrobes Collector's Edition 29.99
11/13 - Jenga 29.95

This week's DS releases
11/19 - Mario Party DS 29.99
11/20 - Godzilla Unleashed 29.95
11/21 - Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings 39.99
11/26 - Master of Illusion 29.99

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This current week's theme on the Check Mii Out Channel's contest is to create a Mii that resembles a Pilgrim from the 17th century or relates to Thanksgiving.

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The Wii Zapper is a gun shell peripheral for the Wii Remote. The name is a reference to the NES Zapper light gun for the Nintendo Entertainment System. According to an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, the idea of a Zapper-type expansion formed when the Wii Remote was first created. He stated that "What we found is that the reason we wanted to have a Zapper is when you hold a Wii Remote, it can be difficult for some people to keep a steady hand. And holding your arm out like that can get your arm somewhat tired. The peripheral is compatible with third-party titles such as Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Ghost Squad and Medal of Honor: Heroes 2.

Release dates:
Japan - Out now! October 25, 2007 (bundled with Ghost Squad)
North America - Out now! November 19, 2007 (bundled with Link's Crossbow Training)
Europe - December 7, 2007 (bundled with Link's Crossbow Training)
Australia - December 13, 2007 (bundled with Link's Crossbow Training)

Here's a video footage of Link's Crossbow Training
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLlsFxLG7Ts

and photos @
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Super Mario Galaxy Amsterdam Launch picture:



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Bulent (from WiiWii) interviews Charles Martinet, voice of Mario.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw9YNvKD-Og

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Super Mario Galaxy currently the greatest game of all time according to Game Rankings, knocking The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time off the #1 spot.

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Recent announcements of upcoming titles include Namco Bandai's RPG "Fragile", Red Fly Studios' "Ghostbusters", Brash Entertainment's "Jumper", South Peak's "Dream Pinbal", Atari's "Alone In The Dark 5", Traveller's Tales' "LEGO Batman: The Video Game", Red Dawn's Wii edition porting of "Okami", and SEGA's "The House of the Dead 2 & 3".

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Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates with Taunts with assigned short messages, Handicap option in the Rules screen, Meta Knight's theme "Revenge", Meta Knight's special moves.

Ice Climber' Final Smash: Iceberg


and Spectator mode where you can bet coins and see who will win a match.

It'll be an option within the Wi-Fi settings.

www.smashbros.com

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See you all next week! \:D/



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• Wii News & Updates 2007.11.26

Crazy week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales! I just finished up Portal (part of the The Orange Box package), and it's easily my favorite game at the moment. The quality of the puzzles are very much like Zelda puzzles. I've uploaded a video capture playing the final stages on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWMg9-I8Jdo
Word on the street say that Portal will be coming out for Wii also. If so, I hope they would include some bonus exclusive levels or even maybe a multi-player feature if that's possible.

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Today's new releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console include the following.


DOUBLE DRIBBLE
NES
1-2 players
rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Dribble_(video_game)


Vegas Stakes
Super NES
1-4 players
rated E for Everyone – Simulated Gambling
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegas_Stakes


Ecco Jr.
Sega Genesis
1 player
rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecco_Jr.

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Namco Bandai's upcoming RPG for Wii titled, Fragile, now its official website opened as well with a video teaser, new photos, etc.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragil...ins_of_the_Moon
Official website: http://fragile.namco-ch.net/

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Katekyo Hitman Reborn! website is now open. The game is based on the Japanese anime/manga of the same name. It's been confirmed the game will support the GameCube controller, Classic Controller, as well as the Wiimote + Nunchuk combination.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katekyo_Hitman_Reborn!_(video_game)
Official website: http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/game/reborn/wii/dream/

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The official Japanese website for Fist of the North Star DS is now open. Again with most anime-related titles, the game will mostly never see a release outside of Japan. Produced by Spike, the guys who are also working on upcoming title, No More Heroes and next Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

Official website: http://www.spike.co.jp/hokutonoken/

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On the new issue of Nintendo Power comes more details on upcoming title, No More Heroes.
- Nintendo Power has already played through the game, and found it very enjoyable
- Menu systems have a very old school flair (Atari-like)
- Words of encouragement before a boss battle (spoken by Travis) "You are the man! Eye of the tiger! Enter the red zone! Now, off to the garden of madness"
- Travis's battle cry: "Strawberry on the Shortcake!"
- Game flow: Do jobs and assassinations to gain money. Use money to enter ranked matches (boss fights). Deposit money and Sylvia will call concerning bosses. Repeat
- Defeat bosses for health boost and more story
- Upgrade katana, watch wrestling to learn new moves, buy clothes, and more
- not much action outside
- "Dark Mode" is related to the tiger we've seen on screen
- Travis has a cat at his apartment which you can play with, but it doesn't seem to do anything for you
- Wiimote speaker used for when Travis gets a phone call

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Mor...28video_game%29

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More info from new NinPow issue include the following.

Mario Kart [Wii] (not final title) info
- Wifi races for at least 12 players
- Executing a successful stunt gives you a "sweet reward"
- 16 brand new tracks plus many older ones
- Spring 2008 release date
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_kart_wii

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
- allows for use of the Cube controller
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Riders:_Zero_Gravity

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
- early 2008 release date

Samba de Amigo
- Gearbox pushed Sega to make the game
- Gearbox says forum users clamored for a new Samba de Amigo
- New and old songs
- Hustle mode returns
- Miis will be involved somehow
- Wifi multiplayer being discussed, but not confirmed

Sega Superstars Tennis
- Sonic plus 15 other Sega characters (Amy, Eggman, Samba de Amigo, Ulala and Aiai)
- spring 2008
- 10-12 courts, influenced by Sega games

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
-The main character (Will), survived on canned food and bread after the meteor hit. Once again, the meteor destroyed almost all of earth’s population
- 26 main missions
- 30 "training" missions to unlock
- Bike infantry - moves quick but not a lot of firepoewr
- New tank: Flare - shoots a ball of bright light to push back fog
- Aircraft: Duster - can attack aircrafts but isn’t too powerful
- Mobile Cannons
- Over 150 multiplayer campaigns
- Create, upload, download and rank new maps
- voice chat over wifi

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Release dates for Q1 2008
– Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney [DS] - February 2008
– Okami [Wii] – spring 2008
– Sega Bass Fishing [Wii]– Early 2008
– Along in the Dark [DS] – TBA
– Final Fantasy IV [DS] – 2008
– Worms: A Space Oddity [Wii] – March 2008
– Harvey Birdman [Wii] – January 2008
– One Piece: Unlimited Adventure [Wii] – Q1 2008
– Bomberman Land Touch! 2 [DS] – January 2008

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Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates with Training mode, Smart Bomb item, character Color Changes (6 colors outfits each character), Charged Special Moves..

Newcomer: Saki Amamiya (from Sin & Punishment)


Lucas' Final Smash: PK Starstorm


Custom Controls for all 4 methods (incl. GameCube, Classic Controller, Wiimote NES-style, and Wiimote+Nunchuk combo)


Also, with the control settings can be saved and stored within your Wiimote so you can bring to play at a friend's house and use your own custom controls.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl due out February 10, 2008
www.smashbros.com

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.12.04

Sorry it took a bit to post this up. I was taking my time getting through Super Mario Galaxy. I'm almost through, but I think I'll save the rest for Christmas play. \:D/ It's a Great game for the holidays.


ZANAC
NES
1 player
rated E for Everyone - Mild Fantasy Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanac


Eternal Champions
Sega Genesis
1-2 players
rated T for Teen - Animated Blood, Animated Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Champions


The Dynastic Hero
TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
1 player
rated E for Everyone - Comic Mischief
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder...n_Monster_World

The Dynastic Hero is a remix of Wonder Boy in Monster World [SEGA Genesis]

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Downloadable content for Guitar Hero III [Wii] is confirmed to be arriving 2008.
Here's an email response from RedOctane customer support:

[center]Hello,

Thank you for writing us.

Downloadable content for the Wii is something we are working very hard on getting in place for the new year. There is no definite timetable in place but we are hoping it will be soon.

Regards,

RedOctane Customer Support.
[/center]

There is certainly a few technical issues with the Wii version of the game including Stereo sound, etc. Hopefully they'll have an update for users to download and fix.

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VOTE FOR THE BEST GAMES OF 2007!

1UP has their annual 2007 1UP Awards up, and you can vote on what you think were the best games in each category in this.

Cast your Vote!
http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3164615

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The Everybody's Nintendo Channel went live for Japanese Wii owners a few days ago. Users can download game previews and video interviews, as well as send DS game demos to their handheld(s). Branches of Nintendo outside Japan have not stated if the Everybody's Nintendo Channel will be released in their respective territories.
Japanese Wii owners are also expected to receive a TV guide feature in the near future.

Check out the video demonstration.
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgO9rb7A51A

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Japan also saw their launch for Wii Fit. Basically they're crazy about it over there with lines outside electronic stores. Let's see if we Americans can show the same support for this new innovative title and device. Currently taking the #1 spot at Amazon.co.jp, sold out everywhere. It's even doing better sales than Super Mario Galaxy in Japan.
Check out the following gameplay video footage. Snowboarding is gonna be awesome!

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqUPg8S92KY
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_fit

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Nikitova Games has confirmed to be working on a couple more titles for Wii and DS.

CCTV will see players assuming the role of a surveillance officer using Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and police cars to catch criminals. Gamers will begin as a mall security guard and gradually rise to the position of International Head of Security as they travel the world searching for instances of crime. CCTV will allow two players to co-operate or compete in an effort to clean up the streets.

Mind Games will feature 21 mini-games based upon the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) of "computeribrainized" tests. The game will support one to two players.

Official website: http://www.nikitovagames.com/

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Nikitova Games isn't the only 2nd party this time around, TGC (The Games Company) has also confirmed that they will be developing for Wii and DS.
Official website: http://www.the-games-company.com/en/

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Creative Director for Kuju Entertainment Tancred Dyke-Wells spoke with Web site VideoGamer.com about third-party Wii titles, stating that they don't "really don't take full advantage of the machine."
Dyke-Wells acknowledged the benefit of extra development time granted by Nintendo, but noted, "We're not the only title who's had our development extended. I think it's applied to those other big guns too. That's all about respect for the consumer really and for their own stuff."
Despite "running the juice out of the Wii" with Battalion Wars 2, Dyke-Wells revealed that Kuju Entertainment is working on a number of unannounced projects that are "continuing to advance the graphical standards" on Nintendo's home console.
BWii (Battalion Wars II) released on October 29 in North America and is expected to ship in other territories next year.

VideoGamer.com Interview: http://www.videogamer.com/news/27-11-2007-6978.html

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More details on Ghostbusters: The Game

Red Fly Studios, the developer for the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions, plans to incorporate more cartoon-like graphics into those editions. The Wii version will feature the same storyline and much of the same gameplay as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, however. Red Fly Studios has not stated how the Wii's functionality will be utilized.
Multiplayer will include a two-versus-two battle mode, a "damage-as-much-as-possible" mode and a domination mode where the players can challenge each other over artifacts. Several mini-games will also be available.
Publisher Sierra Entertainment expects to release Ghostbusters: The Video Game during Christmas 2008.

Official Ghostbusters website: http://www.ghostbustersgame.com/us/index.html

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Japanese magazine Famitsu has revealed the first details about JAWA: The Mammoth and the Mysterious Stone , one of the originally announced Wii titles. This prehistoric life simulation from publisher Spike will allow players to control a caveman.
Like Nintendo's own Animal Crossing series, Jawa: Mammoth Secret will include cartoon-like graphics in addition to day and night cycles. Up to four players will be able to share a settlement and communicate with each other through certain messaging features.
Spike has set the game's release window in Japan for March 2008. Mammoth Secret has not been confirmed for other territories. The website for the game is also now open!

Official website: http://www.spike.co.jp/jawa/system/index.html

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The Smash Bros. DOJO!! has updated us with the following.

Wario's Final Smash: Wario-Man!


The Temple stage returns from previous installment, Super Smash Bros.: Melee [Nintendo GameCube]


Friend list feature is where you add your Smash Friend Codes.
You can also write your own custom taunt messages and use them while battling with Friends.


www.smashbros.com

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.12.10

Get ready to celebrate the arrival of a bunch of fun new features on the Wii™ Shop Channel. This week marks the debut of the first Pokémon® game for the Virtual Console: Pokémon Snap™, which originally was a hit on Nintendo® 64. This Pokémon photographic adventure comes with a special Wii bonus: It now includes a special feature that allows players to post pictures they take in the game to their Wii Message Board and send them to friends with whom they've traded Friends Codes.

And let’s not ignore the other sure-to-please titles: Ghosts’n Goblins and BASEBALL STARS 2. These three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. But wait – there’s more!

Later in the day on Monday, Nintendo will make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier. If some people on your gift list have visions of classic video games dancing in their heads, you’re in luck. Starting this week, Wii Shop Channel patrons can use a new Gifting feature to send games to other Wii owners with whom they’ve traded Friend Codes. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to give your fellow Nintendo buffs the gift of a classic game—no wrapping paper required. And don’t worry about duplication. If your friend already has the game you’re trying to give, you’ll get a simple message and be bumped back into the catalog to continue shopping.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:


Pokémon Snap
Nintendo 64
1 player
Rated E for Everyone
1,000 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokemon_Snap


Ghosts’n Goblins
NES®
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone—Mild Animated Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghosts_'n_Goblins


BASEBALL STARS 2
NEOGEO
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_Stars_2

Terrific Wii Shop update we have this week right? Pokemon Snap was one of my favorite titles on the N64. I remember purchasing that on the first day of release. Here's hoping to a Pokemon Snap sequel for Wii release! \:D/

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The Japanese site for NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams has seen an update. There are some new levels, some new screenshots as well. Click on the button that says ‘update’ underneath it.

Official website: http://nights.sega.jp/nights2/

By the way, GameStop/EB are offering a NiGHTS Promo DVD to those who pre-order the game or buy an E-rated Sega title. It's a DVD that includes behind the scenes look at the making of the game.

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Also upon those who reserve a Japanese copy of Rune Factory 2, a pre-order gift will be included, 32-page art booklet as well as a mini-drama/soundtrack CD.



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Also for for Shiren the Wanderer 3 (Siren 3) pre-orders, SEGA will be offering a special remote stand that looks something like this:



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2K has announced a partnership with Don King to bring Don King Presents: Prizefighter to the 360, Wii, and DS. The game aims to be the most in-depth boxing game yet, and will take a "documentary style" approach to conveying the life and hardships of a boxer. 2K’s Venom Games studio will be handling the game, which is the same team that worked on the Rocky game.

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Development Tools Provider Kynogon has announced the availability of its Kynapse A.I. engine for Wii developers.

Using Kynapse, developers can more easily program 3D perception and spatial reasoning so that AI can dynamically identify hiding positions, threat zones, access ways and more. Additionally, the tools allow several thousands of non-player characters to act with advanced reasoning skills.

Many publishers such as Electronic Arts, THQ, Activision, Midway and SEGA currently employ Kynapse for their games. Over 60 titles have used the A.I. tools suite, including Crackdown, Fable 2 and The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Two unspecified game developers are already utilizing Kynapse for their Wii projects, according to Kynogon.

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Good news for Guitar Hero III [Wii] owners, Activision will be offering remastered game discs early 2008 which will also enable downloadable content for the system sometime next year.

The new stereo-enabled discs will be free of charge through Activision. No specific date or how they would be shipped out. RedOctane is reportedly working feverishly with Nintendo to figure out a method of getting new songs on the Wii. Apparently, trying to wish them onto the system hasn't been working out very well.

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For those who don't already know, two of the biggest video game labels have joined up. Activision has just teamed up with Venendi label to form Activision Blizzard.

Activision is responsible for games such as of course Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk, Call of Duty etc. while Blizzard (part of Vivendi) is known for major PC titles such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo series.

Now EA (Electronic Arts) has something to worry about.

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Nyko has just announced their latest product, the Wireless Nunckuck for the Nintendo Wii. The Wireless Nunchuck from Nyko will launch next month in America.

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It was recently revealed that, like the Japanese version of No More Heroes, the European version of the game will be edited and all instances of blood will be removed due to the controversies surrounding Manhunt 2, including but not limited to the unauthorized leak of the AO-rated version specifically in Europe. This action has left many European fans furious and has spawned a number a petitions with hope in changing the publisher's decision.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Mor...28video_game%29

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Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates with Basic Brawl in Wi-Fi Battle with Anyone mode, Battle for Smash Ball, a new theme "X: Tunnel Scene", and the following.

Pokemon: Bonzly

Bonzly appears to be a bonsai tree. Bonsly’s body is made up of rocks and stones, so if you throw it at someone nearby, they'll be sent flying away.

King Dedede Final Smash: Waddle Dee Army

With the Smash ball, Dedede can send his army of Waddle Dees as well as Gorgos on to destroy the entire stage.

www.smashbros.com

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.12.17

Today's new releases of classic titles on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console:


Cybernator
SNES
1 player
rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Mild Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybernator


Alien Storm
Sega Genesis
1-2 players
rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Mild Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Storm


Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
1-2 players
rated E for Everyone - Mild Cartoon Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder...I:_Monster_Lair

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Last week's US Wii releases:
Super Swing Golf Season 2

This week's US Wii releases:
Nights: Journey of Dreams
Indianapolis 500 Legends
Myth Makers: Super Kart GP

Last week's US DS release:
Left Brain, Right Brain
American Girl: Julie Finds a Way
WordJong
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2008
The Golden Compass
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Game
John Deere Harvest in the Heartland
Draglade

This week's US DS releases:
Clue/Mouse Trap/Perfection/Aggravation
Warhammer 40k: Squad Command
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge
MX vs ATV Untamed
Indianapolis 500 Legends
Corvette Evolution GT
Elements Of Destruction

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Box arts of upcoming Wii titles
No More Heroes (Europe)

No More Heroes (North America)

Box arts of upcoming DS titles
L: The proLogue to Death Note

]Fist of the North Star DS (Hokuto no Ken: Hokuto Shinken Denshôsha no Michi)

Rune Factory 2

Advance Wars: Dark Conflict + Donkey Kong: Jet Race

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Here're some new trailers and videos on youtube

Resident Evil: Degeneration, trailer of the upcoming CGi movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIJfeaPjJrg

Final Fantasy IV Japanese trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqOyBSpNm9I

South Korean Nintendo DS Christmas Promotion Advert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSjh7ZzvJ0Y

Wii Fit Aerobics Tour:
http://revver.com/video/530674/wii-...ics-video-tour/

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity intro video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u_Ysrik1XI

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The official Japanese site for One Piece: Unlimited Cruise is up and running.

Official website: http://www.bandaigames.channel.or.j.../wii_onepiece2/

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Symphonic Orchestra, a new title from Kando Games, is heading to both the Wii and Nintendo DS. Here are some of the Wii version:

Play and learn the most popular classical music:
* Carmen from Bizet
* The Traviata from Verdi
* The ninth symphony from Beethoven

A game for everyone, with an intuitive gameplay
* Swing the game controller to perform moves
* The game is highly tolerant of beginners

Conduct orchestras in the most famous venues of the world:
* Vienna
* Berlin
* Paris

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Square Enix just announced their lineup for 2008 including titles for Nintendo DS, PSP, and Wii.

CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-
DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Ring of Fates
THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU

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Speaking of RPG, Atlus announced their development for their action RPG title, Baroque (based on the manga series of the same name, is coming to US Wii and PS2 next year in February.

Here's a trailer on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUJBXebhsfQ

Official website: http://www.atlus.com/baroque

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Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime held a conference call a few days ago to discuss the Wii demand and supply, the 'Wii Raincheck' program being exclusively offered by GameStop, the company's attitude towards online voice chat and more.

Nintendo and retailer GameStop will collaborate in an effort to help consumers secure a Wii this holiday season. Starting December 21, the 'Wii Raincheck' program will allow consumers to put down the full price of a Wii, for which they will receive a 'raincheck' that can be redeemed for a console in January. According to Fils-Aime, GameStop has "tens of thousands" of these certificates and he intends them for people who want "something to put under the tree."

Fils-Aime also noted that six million Wii units have been sold in the United States alone, with worldwide sales hovering around 11 million. Nintendo does not have the ability to stockpile systems, Fils-Aime explained, but the 1.8 million consoles being produced per month tend to sell out within days of reaching retailers. Although Nintendo ships 50% of manufactured Wii consoles to North America, the company has no plans at present to produce the machines in that territory.

Fils-Aime relayed Nintendo's desire to mostly leave older titles alone; he does not anticipate any Virtual Console games will receive the addition of online play. However, for upcoming online-enabled Wii titles, Fils-Aimed said that online voice chat comes down to finalizing a peripheral and that he wouldn't be surprised to see that functionality become available in the future.

More details at the following link:

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Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates us with the following.

Rotation mode


Waluigi assist trophy


Starfy assist trophy


along with detailed description of the Options menu, Co-op Events, Mario Circuit Stage, Ice Climbers theme.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is set for release on January 24, 2008 [Japan], February 10, 2008 [North America]. No dates specified for other regions.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Smash_Bros_Brawl
Official website: Smash Bros. DOJO!!

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• Wii News & Updates 2007.12.24

3 more classics for our Christmas Eve releases on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.


BLADES OF STEEL™
NES®
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone-Mild Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blades_of_steel

[img]http://www.consoleclassix.com/info_img/ Donkey_Kong_Country_3_Dixie_Kongs_Double_Trouble!_
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Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble™
Super NES®
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_kong_country_3


Rolling Thunder™ 2
Genesis
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone-Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Thunder_2

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Nintendo of America's President, Reggie Fils-Aime, says that the new year will be complicated.
Due to the high demand for Wii consoles, Nintendo can’t keep up with the supply. During an interview, Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, commented that Nintendo will suffer in the new year due to the giant demand that the Wii faces.

"The level of demand we are facing complicates all of our future business planning. All of that becomes a much tougher exercise until we have supply and demand curves that intersect", said Reggie. He then went on to say that the DS "continues to perform exceptionally well", although some retailers are concerned about their stock levels going into the holiday season.

Reggie also emphasised that Nintendo's goal is to meet the demand, citing it as a problem to future operations planning, saying "We at Nintendo America are focused on getting to the point when any consumer can walk into any of our retailers and find a Wii. Then we can plan, on an ongoing basis, the rest of the business".

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Bionic Commando recently interviewed Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega Man, who had this to say regarding Brawl: "Well, I really do love Super Smash Brothers. It's a great series…but, Nintendo hasn't asked me yet if they can use Mega Man in their game. I'm still waiting…we have a little bit of time left, it’s not coming out for another few months."

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I'll be back to update more within this busy week. Happy Holidays! \:D/


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• Wii News & Updates 2007.12.31

Today's releases of classic titles on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console include the following.


BUBBLE BOBBLE
NES
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_bobble


Light Crusader
Genesis
1 player
Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Crusader

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TOP HUNTER
NEOGEO
1-2 players
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older-Cartoon Violence
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Hunter

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I hope everyone is having a good 1st year with their new video game systems.
2007 was a great year that will surely be a very important one to remember in the future as the year where the revolution began.
Let's hope the next and following years will be as good if not better.

Happy New Year! \:D/



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• Wii News & Updates 2008.01.07

Welcome to the new year everybody! 2008 looks yet to be another interesting year.

Today brings two releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.


Star Tropics™
NES®
1 player
Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_tropics


THE KING OF FIGHTERS ‘94
NEOGEO
1-2 players
Rated T for Teen-Animated Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Alcohol & Tobacco Reference, Violence,
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_of_Fighters_'94

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New Wii titles this week:
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity Wiki
Balloon Pop GameSpot
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Wiki
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge IGN

New Nintendo DS titles this week:
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin Wiki
Pocket Pets GameSpot
Corvette Evolution GT GameSpot
Miami Nights IGN
Jackass: The Video Game Wiki
Barnyard Blast IGN
Command and Destroy IGN

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Good news for Guitar Hero III owners! If you live in North America, you can pre-register for your new copy of Guitar Hero III for Wii.

We recently became aware that some consumers have not been able to enjoy the full audio output in the Wii version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. We are currently working with Nintendo and are planning to issue an improved audio experience in future versions of the game. We expect to have re-mastered discs available by early 2008 and we will be offering consumers replacement discs at no cost once they become available. Should you have any further inquiries, please contact Activision customer support at http://www.activision.com/support. Customers based in North America wanting to pre-register for a free replacement disc can call (866) 780-8286 from 8:00am-8:00pm EST, Monday-Friday, and we will notify you once the replacement discs are available. We thank all of our customers for their support and patience.

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According to a GameDaily.biz report, Nintendo has clarified Reggie Fils-Aime's statements regarding the future connectivity possibilities of Wii and DS.

"An article about the Nintendo DS video game system in the December 31 Business Day section (of the NYT) incorrectly referred to future capabilities of the device," a company representative told GameDaily.biz. "The statement that complete Nintendo DS games will eventually be able to be downloaded into the device via a wireless connection with the company's Wii game console is incorrect. Users can download games to play on Wii, and, in the future, the Nintendo DS will be able to receive demo versions of some DS games from Wii, but not the entire game. The demo will be erased once the Nintendo DS is turned off."

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Baroque, an upcoming action RPG title for Wii, will include a new first-person perspective that utilizes motion controls and can be switched to anytime during gameplay. Developer Sting also intends to fine-tune some of the balance and difficulty, and will add a quick save feature that can be used in dungeons.
The Wii version of Baroque will support two control schemes: Wii Remote and Nunchuk, and Classic Controller. Widescreen will additionally be implemented.
Baroque is a post-apocalyptic dungeon-crawling action-RPG. The game is expected to be released in North America during February 2008. The Wii version will also ship in Japan around the same time, but a PAL release has not been mentioned.

Official website: http://www.atlus.com/baroque/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lELJP5X3gDw

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Speaking with Web site GamesIndustry.biz, Creative Director for developer Beenox Thomas Wilson revealed the development of a new James Bond title for Wii. The game is expected to be released alongside the new movie later this year.
"Right now we're working on a James Bond Wii title in conjunction with Treyarch and we're rolling with it because we're really good at what we're doing and Activision doesn't want to send their ports anywhere else," said Wilson.
He continued: "One thing we want to make sure of if we're making the Wii version is that we absolutely want the controls to be top notch. Although we don't fully control the original development content because it's in collaboration with Treyarch, that's one thing that we can do - make sure we put out a strong Wii title."
Owned by Activision, Beenox has previously been responsible for porting the publisher's franchises - such as the X-Men, Spider-Man and Shrek games - to various platforms. The studio developed the recent Bee Movie Game from scratch; the overall success of the title has allowed Beenox to expand into more original projects, while continuing to handle licensed content.
The next James Bond movie, a sequel to 2006's Casino Royale currently under the working title of Bond 22, is expected to appear in North American theaters on November 7. The film will see Daniel Craig reprising the role of Bond; screenwriters Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will also return.

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Konami Digital Entertainment has announced the development of Target: Terror for the Wii.

Raw Thrills originally developed Target: Terror and published the game for arcades in 2004. A special edition of the game titled Target: Terror Gold awarded players with medals earned through bonuses and included mini-games accessible by damaging select areas within the environment.

Leviathan Games is handling development of the Wii version, basing the port off of the Gold edition. Like in the original, players will face off against various terrorist groups across the United States. Some of the battlegrounds include the Denver Airport, Golden Gate Bridge and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The game will mark Konami's first attempt to utilize the Wii Zapper.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target:_Terror

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Publisher Hudson Entertainment announced that their upcoming title, Deca Sports, will feature ten events: Beach Volleyball, Snowboard Cross, Badminton, Basketball, Curling, Figure Skating, Archery, Supercross, Soccer and Kart Racing. Each sport will use the Wii Remote in "unique yet accessible ways", according to Hudson. Additionally, all events will be playable in both single-player and multiplayer, although online play is not expected.
"We have seen tremendous growth in the casual sports gaming market in the last few years, and saw an opportunity that would be a perfect fit for the Nintendo Wii," said John Greiner, president and CEO of Hudson Entertainment. "With Deca Sports we wanted to offer a sports package that is unrivaled in terms of sheer number of available sports. More importantly, the game is easy to play, but offers layers of depth that even hardcore sports enthusiasts will love to play."
Deca Sports is expected to be released in North America during Summer 2008. The Japanese version will ship first on March 19. No PAL release date has been issued.

Official website: http://decasporta.com/
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deca_Sports

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Hudson Soft has also developed the upcoming Bomberman Land for Wii which is ready set for a North American release next week on January 15th. The game is essentially a series of minigames set in the Bomberman universe that are meant to show off some simplistic, but cute, examples of Wii functionality. It was released in Japan for Nintendo's Wii last year on March 8, 2007.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hCsXXpzFPE
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomberman_Land_%28Wii%29
Official website: http://www.hudsonentertainment.com/...0&console=1

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• Wii News & Updates 2008.01.07

Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates us aplenty with the following.

Stage: Frigate Orpheon (from Metroid); Melee Stages: Yoshi's Island, Corneria (from Star Fox), Onett (from Earthbound), Brinstar (from Metroid), and Rainbow Ride.


Subspace Emissary Movie
View: http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/game...ea/modea10.html

Classic Wario w/ Overalls


Music Theme: Sonic The Hedgehog: Angel Island Zone
Listen: http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/music/music19.html

Sonic's Final Smash: Super Sonic


Trophy Stands - acts somewhat as a 'Pokeball', where you must first weaken your enemy in Adventure mode and turn them into trophies by throwing the Trophy Stand at them, add to your collection.

Coin Launcher - a shooting minigame where you can earn trophies and stickers


Smash Service - a Wi-Fi feature that must be turned ON to recieve/share/send data such as Custom Built Stages and Snapshots.


Item: Dragoon - a 3-part item that, once complete, you can aim and fire it at an opponent and instant K.O.!


Release Dates: JP - Jan 25th, NA - Feb 5th!
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_bros_brawl
Official website: http://www.smashbros.com/

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See you all next week! \:D/


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